National

voters

Around two million recorded overseas Filipino voters (OFVs) will cast their ballots starting on Saturday as the law-mandated month-long overseas absentee voting (OAV) opens in 85 Philippine posts in various countries all around the globe. Numbers from the Comelec Overseas Voting Office disclosed that of the 1,822,173 registered voters, 61.19 percent or 1,114,981 were female while 38.81 percent or 707,192 or 38.81 percent were male. Comelec listed that there is

university

Ateneo de Manila University’s (ADMU) executive director of the creative hub has resigned after prevalent criticism when Irene Marcos, the daughter of the later former president Ferdinand Marcos, was asked to grace a campus event. A statement on Friday cited ADMU President Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin held he had accepted the voluntary resignation of Arete Executive Director Yael Buencamino. “In the spirit of transparency, Ms. Yael Buencamino has voluntarily offered

Transmission tower

Meralco stated numerous areas in Luzon could be hit with rotational power outages for up to 3 hours with the country’s main island on the highest power supply alert on Friday due to insufficient capacity. Meralco spokesman Joe Zaldarriaga said, “We are adjusting to the current situation… Now, it’s negative. This means there are no sources for reserves. In this case, there’s a deficiency.” The affected areas include portions of

online

“We are pleased to inform you that our online and mobile channels are now fully accessible,” the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) announced on social media that clients can once again avail of online and mobile services. “Thank you for your patience, understanding and continued patronage.” A recollection of events that BPI announced that services would be temporarily unavailable due to a system upgrade. BPI cited transactions can instead

Transmission Tower

Imposed 1 to 2-hour blackouts threaten parts of Luzon for a second straight day on Thursday due to insufficient power reserves, power distributor Meralco stated. Meralco spokesperson Joe Zaldarriaga said the power outages may be implemented between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and could last for 1 to 2 hours per area. The affected areas will be recognized in the distributor’s social media pages at around 9 a.m., he added.

Manila

As for Maria Eloisa Bantique, traversing through the beelines of smoke-belching cars in Manila to find a driver keen on purchasing car knick-knacks is a necessary means of making a living. This mother of seven is one of many street vendors who work through the Philippine capital’s notoriously congested roads and highways every day, turning what is otherwise a drain on the country’s economy into their main source of income.

PNP

Malacañang assured Thursday that the police and military are always on alert. In light of the United States Department of States labeled the Philippines as one of 35 countries with “high risk” for kidnapping. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo stated in a Palace briefing, “Well the PNP (Philippine National Police) and the military are always on alert. They have intelligence surveillance.” Panelo modulated the report, saying kidnapping “happens to every country.”

art

Vincent Quilop, who has quite a number of fanfare both online and offline over the years for his head-turner illustrations and eye-catching watercolor sketches, is among the pool of global talents and the only Filipino artist to be featured at “Uniting Nations through Art” by Art Vancouver, western Canada’s largest international and contemporary art fair happening this April 25 to 28. Collective frustrations over decades of Manila’s inconsistent city planning

PSA

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) informed on Wednesday that the number of Filipinos living below the poverty line was reduced in the first semester of 2018 despite faster growth in inflation and rising poverty thresholds. The nationwide poverty incidence fell to 21 percent in the first half of 2018 compared to 27.6 percent in the first half of 2015. National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) added this was largely because

ancient teeth

Prehistoric bones and teeth found in Callao Cave in the Philippines have led to the discovery of a previously unknown species related to humans called Homo luzonensis, according to a new study. The fossils fit in to two adults and one child who lived between 50,000 and 67,000 years ago. In 2007, a single foot bone was found in the cave and dated to 67,000 years ago. During excavations in